Autonomous concept envisages a luxury car for ride-hailing services.
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The self-driving Renault EZ-Ultimo concept has been revealed at the 2018 Paris motor show.

Despite measuring 5.8 metres long and riding a 3.88m wheelbase, the concept only has seats for three people, with one armchair and one two-seater bench. The EZ-Ultimo stands just 1.38m tall, but is 2.2m wide, leading us to think it might struggle down some French streets.

While some autonomous vehicle concepts, such as the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic, are designed to be shuttles, the EZ-Ultimo is designed to be a luxury conveyance for ride-hailing services rather than as an adjunct to mass transportation.

The "neo-retro" cabin has dark green leather upholstery, marble inlays that are just 30mm thick, and a flat floor covered in walnut wood with a herringbone pattern.

The exterior canopy has a white ceramic faceting said to be inspired by Parisian apartment mouldings, and thanks to one-way mirror effect protects the privacy of the car's occupants.

Imagined to be a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, the EZ-Ultimo can drive in urban and highway settings along roads with high-definition road maps, and wirelessly connected vehicle infrastructure, such as traffic lights, toll booths and information services.

According to Renault, the EZ-Ultimo's drivetrain has an electric motor driving the front wheels, four-wheel steering, and wireless charging. The company hasn't provided details about the car's range or performance.

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